Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Columbia/Epic

"Vitamin L"
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“Vitamin L”: Musically Nutritious

I remember fondly the 1970s soap opera spoof, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman — so named because show creator, Norman Lear, and his writers believed that “everything that was said on a soap opera was said twice.” Mary Kay Place recorded a Grammy-nominated album, Tonite! At the Capri Lounge, Loretta Haggers,

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"Dixie Doodle"
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Music that Bridge Nations: “Dixie Doodle”

One of my favorite Link Wray tunes is one that humorously fuses our two American national anthems — “Dixie” and “Yankee Doodle“: “Dixie Doodle” Link Wray (1958) Interesting to learn that, on the strength of his hugely influential top 40 hit, “Rumble” — a menacing instrumental that was actually banned

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"Apartment #4, Sixth Street & Cincinnati"
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Ralph Emery Messes with Joe Stampley’s Head

Normally, I have no patience for vinyl records that are divorced from their cardboard jackets, but I once took a chance on three loose LPs — a transcription of a syndicated radio program that had been broadcast in 1977 — and was richly rewarded.  But only because I had spent

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"Houston Hash"
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Nashville Chowdown: Rice’s Great Image Makeover

I cannot imagine why anyone would let this album go, but someone obviously did, and five dollars later, we became family: The album’s subtitle is a bit of a hoot: “Country & Western supper music and Singing Rice-ipes“ (as in recipes for rice). Would you be surprised to learn that

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"Mr. Sun Mr. Moon"
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Q: Who’s the Swingin’est Dolly?

Answer:  Swingy. I picked up a flexi-disc at the local thrift store, just like the ones kids used to cut out of the back of cereal boxes back when “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies was burning up the charts (click here for a discography of “cereal box records” by those

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"Swanee River"
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The Great American Songbook – Southern California Style

Last year in Philadelphia I picked up a 2-LP various artists compilation (of “previously released material”) called California U.S.A. – originally issued in 1981 on Columbia: Surprisingly, my buddy, Tom Avazian – a gifted record collector – had never heard of it.  This hodgepodge of 60s and 70s singles/rarities that

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"He's So Fine"
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In Hindsight, the Lawsuit Was Inevitable

One of my favorite (and affordable) ways of discovering music is trawling for vinyl at local secondhand shops.  Of course, you have to wade through a lot of Andre Kostelanetz and Percy Faith to find something worthwhile, but that’s part of the fun – and adventure.  It’s not uncommon to

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